Think Poker is a game of chance and not something you need to train your brain for? Think again. To play mind sports like Poker, one definitely needs to have strict diet that will help the brain declutter, stay sharp, sustain the focus and be calm in the face of any likely event.
Here are a list of 10 superfoods that will help your brain kickass at Poker.
Acai Berries and Blue Berries
The delish purple berries like acai and blueberries have been known to be bursting with antioxidants and vitamins.
Acai berries are a potent source of protein and Omega -3 fatty acids.
Blueberries improve vision, hand-eye coordination and cognitive function. It is also believed that regular consumption helps in preventing short-term memory loss.
For a Poker player, regular consumption of acai and blueberries will help boost your concentration, vision and coordination, which in turn will lessen those costly multi-tabling mistakes you keep making.
Plus, they are delicious and so convenient to keep at hand when you have those mad hunger pangs!
Matcha (Gyokuru) Powder
Beating yourself up over a particularly Bad Beat? Try having an ounce of matcha and watch the blues dissipating.
Matcha is a kind of green tea grown in Japan. It is grown in the shade and is famous for its calming effect on the brain. This is mainly because Matcha contains oodles of chlorophyll, an amino acid named L-Theanine responsible for the relaxation, antioxidants, catechins, Vitamin A and C and Fluoride.
Matcha has now replaced coffee as the king of alertness and mental clarity. It has less caffeine and so is able to calm your frazzled nerves better than coffee. It also makes you jitter-free!
Matcha is often called a complete meal and helps you lose weight without all the drama.
So, chug along while you play online poker and find yourself letting that silly bad beat blue, go away!
Yay! Everyone’s favorite beans make the list of brain superfood!
But hey, remember to partake either the freshly crushed cacao bean powder or have unsweetened dark chocolate with 75% and above concentration of organic, non alkalised cacao powder.
Cacao powder is rich in flavonoids,catechins, theobromine and antioxidants. These are linked to mood enhancement, bliss and improved cognitive function.
All you poker players, do you really need us to tell you to grab a bar of dark chocolate? You have the perfect reason too! Being positive and optimistic are two areas that will really help you transform your game.
Go on, get your hands behind that chocolate! Avoid the sugar though.
Wild caught fish like wild salmon, mackerel are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which help in enhancing brain function and synaptic connections. It reduces the risk of strokes,dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and it reduces your mood swings.
On the poker table, your regular consumption of fish and other white meats will help you sharpen your focus and maintain it throughout the game. You know when you’re playing all out, there is bound to be some success waiting for you at the other end.
Chicken and Eggs
Chicken and eggs are another source of low cholesterol proteins, folic acid and vitamins B-5 and B-6.
These help keep your brain sharp, particularly when you're trying to keep track of all the open cards and observing the telltale signs of a bluffing opponent.
Almonds and Walnuts
Walnuts and Almonds are most popular brain foods. Walnuts literally look like the brain! How could anything that looks like the brain itself not be helpful in enhancing its functions?
Soaked almonds and walnuts are rich in polyphenol, one of the higher antioxidants that help in enhancing cognitive function. Almonds are also a significant source of alpha-linolenic acid,an Omega-3 fatty acid hugely responsible for decreasing heart and brain diseases.
Black Currants are powerhouses of Vitamin C, which is known to be the champ at increasing mental agility and reducing the risk of brain degeneration.
Vitamin C has long been thought to have the power to increase mental agility and protect against age-related brain degeneration including dementia and Alzheimer's.
Poker players, you know you need this to stay sharp and sustain your focus throughout the game.
Broccoli looks like a green-ish kind of a brain. Like we said earlier, anything that looks like the brain should be good for it too. Indeed the vegetable is full of Vitamin K, one of the most powerful vitamins that can cut down the risk of brain degeneration dramatically. It contains glucosinolates that delay the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, needed by the central nervous system to perform better and keep the memory sharp.
Remember how you keep forgetting to keep track of the open cards? No? Increase the intake of broccoli in your diet and notice how easy it is now, for you to keep track and strategise accordingly to win the game.
We adore Pumpkin spice during winters but did you know that munching on pumpkin seeds helps you beat the stress, enhance your memory and thinking skills? These seeds are packed with the goodness of stress busting nutrients like zinc, magnesium, vitamin B and tryptophan- all precusors to the happy mood chemical-Serotonin!
In Poker, it is very important to stay positive and focussed. Snacking on these seeds of goodness can help you up your game.
You do remember that the pretty tomato is actually a fruit right?
Tomatoes are a powerful source of Lycopene, an antioxidant that is proven to help protect against free radical damage to brain cells. Increase your intake of tomatoes and watch your brain stay happier and healthier, day by day.
It goes without saying that all you Poker players need to include the tomato as regular in your diet. It helps you stay sharp and on point especially when you're tracking the cards.
Poker is a mindsport that needs the brain to stay sharp at all times. You as a poker have to discipline your diet and exercise to stay unbeatable.
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